About The Cradle Nursery
The Cradle is the only adoption agency in the country with an on-site nursery offering a safe, neutral place for infants to stay while their parents take the time they need to decide if adoption will be the plan for their child.
For Illinois expectant parents who need temporary care of an infant while they consider their decision, The Cradle’s on-site Nursery is available to provide temporary care. The average stay in the Nursery is about 3 weeks, although some babies stay with us only a day or two.
You may visit your baby at the Nursery and call for updates.
This temporary, nurturing environment is made available at no cost, regardless of the parent’s decision. The Nursery relies on private donations to operate.
The Cradle Nursery is staffed with experienced and compassionate licensed nurses, infant aides, and dedicated volunteers, who provide quality care to all infants entrusted to the care of The Cradle. Every baby that comes into our care is seen by a physician and our Medical Director is available whenever needed; a nurse and infant aide are on-site at all times.
Our Nursery staff spends the time getting to know each baby, providing stability as well as noting individual babies' sleeping patterns, eating habits, likes and dislikes. They then pass this essential information to the families bringing the babies home, whether it’s you or an adoptive family.
This Nursery is licensed to care for up to 20 infants at a time. The average stay in the Nursery is about 3 weeks, although some babies stay with us only a day or two.